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MERWIN PROCTOR 1934-2009. Merwin Dean Proctor was born Dec. 25, 1934, in a "house car" built by his father. This "house car" was used for the trip from Nebraska to Lake Wales, Fla., in 1933, where he was later born. In 1937, at the age of three, he was hit by a car. Shortly after this incident he was accidentally hit across the top of his head with an ax by his brother, Bob. This accident was doctored by his dad with kerosene and soda. In 1942, he parents and the five kids headed back to Nebraska in a 1933 Willys car. They slept on the ground alongside the roads which were next to cotton fields. They spent one year in Nashville, Tenn. They later traveled back to Nebraska, the home of his parents. Dean had attended school in many different town throughout Nebraska. Some of these towns included Lawrence, Aurora, Grand Island, Phillips, and Murphy. In 1954, he followed his two brothers and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He and his first wife lived in the Philippines. In 1958, he was given medical discharge from the Navy. Due to the discharge, he moved to Omaha, where he enrolled in schooling on the G.I. Bill for commercial refrigeration, air conditioning and heating. His wife moved to Grand Island while she waited for him to finish college. He later divorced and remarried only to divorce again. After he finished schooling, he began his time in the workforce in Grand Island. While living in Grand Island, he was employed at Springer Fixture and Supply located in Grand Island, Neb., Eckerson Restaurant Supply, located in Aurora, Neb., and Mid-Nebraska Restaurant Supply in Grand Island, Neb. In 1979, he moved to Las Vegas, where me married his wife, Mary, Dec. 18 and then settled down for good. While in Las Vegas, he was employed in multiple businesses that specialized in his line of work. In 1990, he was employed by Excalibur Casino and worked there until he passed away. He was diagnosed with cancer shortly before the summer of 2009. He later passed away Oct. 22, 2009, at the age of 74. His main source of pleasure were his family, his dogs and a pastime of golf. He always played golf with his uncle when he came back to Lincoln. He cherished these annual trips back to Nebraska. He was a member of the Elks #2353 in North Las Vegas for 29 years and a member of the Eagles #378 in Grand Island, Neb. for 39 years. His kids remember him for his smile and his laugh. They have vivid memories of when he took them to lakes to swim. His daughter, Tammy remembers and loves the memory of him being there for the birth of her daughter in 1991. He is survived by his wife, Mary; and four daughters by a previous marriage, Debbie (Steve) Davidson of Phoenix, Lee Ann (Gordon) Hazen of Grand Island, Sandy Dill of Lincoln, Neb., and Tammy (Kevin) Lahowetz of Grand Island. He is also survived by four brothers, Dave (Shelby) of Boaz, Ala., Bob (Laveda) of Aurora, Neb., Bruce (Rosemary) of Port Angeles, Wash., and Carl (Ardis) of Oxford, Neb.; and sister "sis", Idonna Russell of Aurora. He was preceded in death by an unnamed sister, who was stillborn; brother, Jonas Proctor, who died at the age of six; baby daughter, Barbara; granddaughter, Jocelyn; and parents, John and Bessie Proctor. A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, at Palm Mortuary, 1325 N. Main St.
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